Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

Date published: 17 Mar 2020

Posted by: Joe Pick

City Arts Building Front

A message from our Director, Suzannah Bedford, in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak:

Dear participants, fellow artists, colleagues and audience members

Due to Government concern regarding the COVID-19 virus, City Arts has taken the difficult decision to temporarily close. The team will be working from home.

Our priority has been to take necessary steps to ensure the wellbeing of our participants, our audiences and our staff, many of whom are, or work closely with, vulnerable people.

We are very sad that this has meant cancelling or postponing events until further notice. We hope to re-arrange many of our workshops and events, following further guidance. Please see our website for further updates, or contact for further information.

Thanks to you all for your continued support. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Yours sincerely,

Suzannah Bedford on behalf of the Staff and Trustees of City Arts

Advice for freelance artists

Outdoor Arts UK have published a very useful article that pulls together statements from Arts Council England and other sources. It also links to small business loans and advice about applying for sick pay and universal credit. We encourage you to check it out.

Learn more on their website

Resources for isolated people

Access to arts and culture offers lots of different wellbeing benefits. This will be particularly important at a time when people are forced to socially isolate.

City Arts recently developed Armchair Gallery. It is a free app available on iPad and Android.

The app has special features for people living with dementia but can be used by anyone. It brings world-class art & culture into your home, including artworks and artefacts from the collections of Chatsworth House, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Lowry, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Pitt Rivers Museum, Mr Straw’s House & Newstead Abbey.

People looking after older relatives will benefit from the instructions for tried-and-tested creative activities that are included. They can be access from the app’s main menu.

As part of the Armchair Gallery project, we also produced a series of ‘How To…’ arts and craft videos. They can be accessed through the app. We will also be releasing them on our Youtube channel, for people who don’t have access to a tablet. We hope that you are able to be keep being creative throughout this difficult time.